ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) – Traffic is moving again on the Mississippi River at St. Louis, but with some restrictions.
The Mississippi rose quickly last week after more than 10 inches of rain fell in Missouri and Illinois, creating major flooding. The result was swift-moving water deemed too dangerous for barges and other vessels, prompting a 5-mile closure.
The U.S. Coast Guard allowed traffic to resume Sunday as floodwaters receded.
The Coast Guard says tow boats must maintain a minimum horsepower to be able to handle the currents. They’re also being advised to remain in the center of the channel because the river remains high.
A long stretch of the Illinois River remains closed in Illinois. The river is still rising to near-record crests in several towns.